SC rejects fresh plea against Article 370

Context: The Supreme Court declined to entertain a fresh petition challenging Article 370, which gives special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. Details: A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said there are already several petitions pending on the same issue and the petitioners’ advocate Vijay Mishra Read More …

J&K all set for President’s rule

Context: The State of J & K was all set for President’s rule in January as there were no plans to dissolve the Assembly yet. A separate Constitution: Since J&K has a separate Constitution, Governor’s rule is imposed under Section 92 for six months after an approval by the President. Read More …

Goods & Services Tax Council

Goods & Services Tax Council is a constitutional body for making recommendations to the Union and State Government on issues related to Goods and Service Tax. The GST Council is chaired by the Union Finance Minister and other members are the Union State Minister of Revenue or Finance and Ministers in-charge Read More …

When judges legislate

Context: In many recent judgments, the Supreme Court has become hyper-activist in making laws. But can judges legislate? This question has already been answered in the past by the court. In Ram Jawaya v. The State of Punjab (1955), the court observed: “Our Constitution does not contemplate assumption, by one organ or Read More …

Name changes of places in news

In the last one year about 25 name changes have been consented by the Government. Several are pending. Old Name New Name State Rajahmundry Rajamahendravaram Andhra Pradesh Outer Wheeler Island A.P.J Abdul Kalam Island Odisha Arikkod Areekode Kerala Pindari Pandu-Pindara Haryana Samphur Sanphure Nagaland Landgewadi Narsinhagaon Maharashtra Gari Sampla Ch. Sir Chhotu Read More …

Decoding the Central Board of the RBI

What is the RBI Board? The RBI Board is a body comprising officials from the central bank and the Government of India, including officials nominated by the government. According to the RBI, the “general superintendence and direction of the affairs and business of the RBI is entrusted to the Central Board” and Read More …

Bring CBI, NIA & IB within RTI ambit, says info panel chief

Context: At a time when the government is mulling changes in the RTI Act, information commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha has suggested that investigative, intelligence and security agencies like NIA, CBI, IB and paramilitary forces should come under the purview of the law, saying there are adequate safeguards in the Act to keep sensitive information outside the public Read More …

‘Private’ efforts at legislation: How they are made, how often they succeed

Context: As the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid pot bubbled last week, nominated Member of Rajya Sabha Rakesh Sinha said he would bring a private member’s Bill “on the Ram Temple”. How are private member’s Bills introduced and discussed? What chance does such a Bill have of becoming law? Private members, their Read More …

Tripura, where demand for Assam-like NRC widens gap

The Supreme Court on October 8 issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a public interest litigation petition by a non-political forum seeking an exercise, similar to the one done in Assam, to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Tripura. Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma, son of Tripura’s Read More …